Program for Friday, December 4, 2020
The Seattle Recorder Society
Last updated on: November 30, 2020
The focus at our December meeting will be on my Suite on Piae Cantiones Carol Tunes.  These SATB works are based on melodies from the famous 1582 source Piae cantiones, which is a collection of carols and other songs from around Europe that has provided material for many modern composers. Perhaps you will remember that we played these works together a couple of years ago at the December meeting.

Vicki has asked me to explore the process I go through when I write music. During our meeting, we will look at the broader aspects of how I approach creating a composition.  However, the main activity in our meeting will be playing. 
From PeterSeibert - SRS Music Director Emeritus:
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Group Playing with Peter Seibert, SRS Music Director Emeritus.
There are five compositions in this set.  Two of the melodies are familiar to many people: In dulci jubilo and Resonet in laudibus.  The other three melodies, while less familiar, are equally attractive.  As a bonus, we will see three of these melodies in (very clear) old notation and will get a chance to play them.

Each of my pieces was written with SRS members in mind.  There are not many challenges for the average player; most of the music is quite accessible.  My “house band” (inside my computer) will provide the sound, and I can vary the tempos as needed.

Please print a part for whatever instrument you choose to play.  Parts will be available online during the week prior to the meeting.  There are six pages of music that you need to print.  (Don’t bother with the title page.)  As an alternative, printed parts will be available will be in a box on Vicki’s front porch.  You can grab one for your instrument.
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If this is your first time participating in a virtual playing session, I would highly recommend taking the time to read this article: and to browse some of the helpful tutorials about Zoom in general that are on line. You do not need to have the Zoom app in order to participate, but the faster your internet speed, the more pleasurable your experience will be. Dial-up does not prove to be very successful as far as I have heard.

Two to three days before the meeting members receive an email with a link to join the Zoom invitation along with pdfs and or other materials to print out for the playing session. To protect everyone’s privacy we will not post this link publicly on our website, and we ask that you please not share it or forward it on to anyone unless previously OKed by a board member. During the session conductors will be sharing the materials on screen for you to follow along, so you don’t have to print out the music, but that is up to you. There will also be explicit instructions reminding you how to sign in.

Before the meeting you’ll want to make sure that you can sit in a way that you can comfortably see your computer screen or tablet and play your recorder at the same time! For best results, your device should be as close to your router as possible.
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Peter Seibert, conducting
Suite on Piae Cantiones Carol Tunes - Seibert
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Greetings everyone!

We are thrilled to have our own director emeritus Peter Seibert leading the December 4 session with his suite of variations on Piae Cantiones. Please keep reading to see what Peter has to say about the ses-sion. We will not be offering a smaller Breakout Room for the December session so that everyone will have the experience of working with Peter. Once again we would like to ask you to please either print the music pdf files and read off your own music stands or have them downloaded and saved to a separate device that you read from. I am also very happy to send out hard copies or leave enve-lopes outside on my front porch for easy pick up; just let me know ( or 206-985-9916).

From the Music Director - Vicki Boeckman:
Pdf files of the music and a link to the Zoom session with Peter will be sent in an email message on Monday November 30. Look for a message with the subject “LINK to SRS/MBRS December meeting.”

We are looking forward to seeing you again, and as always, please don’t hesitate to email with questions or feedback or comments. And remember to keep checking web sites like ARS, SFEMS and Amherst Early Music regularly for other virtual playing opportunities. There seems to be a plethora of new offerings every time I look.

I’d like to share links to a couple of videos that I have had the extreme pleasure of recording with my colleague and wonderful accompanist Joan Lundquist just a few weeks ago for the Ladies’ Musical Club Virtual Happy Hour concerts.

In closing, I would like to extend my heartfelt thoughts and best wishes to all of you and your loved ones during the final month of this year. No words can accurately describe the unparalleled challenges that we all have had to face, but we are asked to continue to be vigilant and patient. My optimistic side keeps convincing me that there will be light at the end of this long and dark tunnel. I wish for you all peace of mind, continued strength, patience, fortitude, and good health.
Please see the SRS Newsletter for additonal articles:
In the December issue of Recorder Notes:
  • Message from Virginia Felton, SRS President
  • Thoughts abut BLM and SRS from Isabella Pagel
  • Notes on Playing from Original Notation from the SRS November meeting
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